UPSA holds workshop for traditional rulers

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Aug. 30, GNA
– The Otumfuo Centre for Traditional Leadership (OCTL) at the University of
Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) is holding a five-day training workshop in
Accra for 60 paramount and divisional chiefs.

The participants
would be educated in the areas of Land Administration and Management, Conflict
Resolution and Gender issues.

The OCTL, which is
one of the four Centres of Excellence, was established by the UPSA, to
spearhead the development and modernisation of the chieftaincy institution.

The first batch of
participants to be trained by OCTL graduated in May, 2015.

Professor Joshua
Alabi, the Vice Chancellor of the UPSA, in his remarks at the opening ceremony,
said the University’s programmes had been tailored in such a way as to meet the
needs of society.

He said UPSA
Management’s vision was to create a world-class higher educational institution
that is nationally entrenched, regionally relevant and globally recognised.

He said at the
moment, the UPSA was the only university offering a study programme in Quality
Control on the African continent; stating that in Ghana, the UPSA was the only
University offering a programme in Auditing.

He said for the
2016/2017 Academic Year, the University would be starting two new programmes –
Law and Actuarial Science.

Prof Alabi
announced that Prof Abenego Okoe Feehi Amartey, the UPSA Pro-Vice Chancellor,
would be taking over from him as the Vice Chancellor, when his tenure expired
on December 31.

He said Prof
Amartey would continue to build from where he had left off, and would
consolidate and improve upon the gains achieved so far.

Lepowura Alhaji
Mohammed Nuru-Deen Jawula, the Consulting Director of the OCTL, appealed to the
UPSA Management to introduce a postgraduate study programme in Chieftaincy
Affairs.

He expressed
gratitude to the Local Government Service for sponsoring the workshop with GHC
60,000.

Prof Amartey hailed
Prof Alabi for his exemplary role in transforming the UPSA into a world- class
university.

Nii Ayi Kpotia I of
Ngleshie Alata, urged his colleague traditional rulers to champion the
development agenda of their jurisdictions.

Mt Justice Stephen
Alan Brobbey, a retired justice of the Supreme Court Judge, who chaired the
function, said the knowledge that would be gained by the traditional rulers
would improve their leadership skills.

GNA

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